Mesier Homestead & Museum
The Mesier Homestead and surrounding property was sold to the Village of Wappingers Falls in 1891, with the understanding that it forever be known as Mesier Homestead and Mesier Park. The Wappingers Historical Society acquired full custodianship of the Homestead in 2007, and through ongoing fundraising efforts has been able to restore the Homestead to its present appearance.
Our goal for 2019 and beyond is to restore the original 1741 building so it, too, can be a showcase of our Colonial history. Your membership, gifts, and in-kind donations will help us maintain and restore this jewel of Wappingers Falls!
Mesier Homestead and Museum Tours
Visit us and take a walk back in time......
The Mesier Homestead and Museum is open on the 2nd Sunday of each month, April-December, from 1:00pm-4:00pm for volunteer-led guided tours by members of the Wappingers Historical Society. Tours are offered every 1/2 hour beginning at 1pm. Last tour is at 3:30pm. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long. The first floor of the Homestead is wheel-chair accessible. Large groups, or mid-week group tours for senior citizen groups, school groups, scout troops or special needs groups can be scheduled by calling (845) 632-1281.
Come learn about the early history of the Mesier Homestead, beginning in 1741 when a Dutchman and his son settled here, built the first stone house in the village and developed mills along the Wappingers Creek. Discover the story of Peter Mesier, a Tory loyalist, his store and the Wappingers Tea Party of 1777. Explore the Victorian Era-styled rooms of the Homestead and their displays of local antiquities, and see a portion of our collection of Native American artifacts.
There is no cost for admission, however donations are gratefully accepted. There is a Gift Shop onsite which features history books of Wappingers and the Hudson Valley, children's items, along with local artwork and souvenirs.
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Village House Tours
In the Village of Wappingers Falls
On Saturday, December 7, 2019 five historic homes in the Village of Wappingers Falls, along with the 1741 Mesier Homestead, will open their homes to guests as part of the Wappingers Falls Holiday House tour. Visit a festive array of decorated homes in the heart of the Village and kindle the holiday spirit while supporting the mission of the Wappingers Historical Society.
Do you have a passion for history and enjoy sharing your discoveries with others? The 1741 Mesier Homestead and Museum welcomes new Docents and Greeters for our regular tour days and special events, as well as those interested in organizing some of our archives. You do NOT need to be a member of the Historical Society to be a volunteer. Training is provided. We welcome high school juniors and seniors, college students and the adult community to discover the surprising history of the Mesier Homestead and the surrounding area, and then share your enthusiasm with others!
or call (845) 632-1281
Part of the Wappingers Falls Historic District built in 1741 by two Dutchmen, Adolphus, and Nicholas Brewer, who settled here and built this Homestead plus several mills along the Wappingers Creek. The Homestead was later sold to Peter Mesier, a Tory loyalist merchant from New York City. Beautiful Victorian details disguise the 18th c. fieldstone core of the historic Brewer-Mesier Homestead, which sits on a village green that has been a public park since 1891
Architectural Views of the Homestead
Click on the slider arrow on the right side of the Architectural Drawing of the Homestead to see additional views, or click anywhere on the picture to see it in a larger view.